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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, an asylum-seeking boy from Central America runs down a hallway after arriving from an immigration detention center to a shelter in San Diego. The American Civil Liberties Union says on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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October 25, 2019 - 2:37 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400. The ACLU...
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Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Seoul High Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. Billionaire Samsung scion Lee appeared in court for a retrial on corruption charges that partially fueled an explosive 2016 scandal that spurred massive protests and sent South Korea's then-president to prison. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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October 24, 2019 - 11:50 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong appeared in court Friday for a retrial on corruption allegations linked to a 2016 scandal that spurred massive street protests and sent South Korea's then-president to prison. "I feel deeply sorry for worrying many people," Lee said...
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Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden leaves Hank's Hogies with some treats after speaking at the Scranton Cultural Center in Scranton Pa., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (Jason Farmer/The Times-Tribune via AP)
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October 23, 2019 - 5:18 pm
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden cast President Donald Trump on Wednesday as a fraudulent populist whose tax policies, economic stewardship and erratic leadership have hurt U.S. workers and betrayed voters in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania. After scrapping with fellow Democrats for...
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FILE - In a Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, attorney Michael Bromwich listens as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Washington. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 that Bromwich, a former federal prosecutor who represented one of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, will lead an independent review of a corruption-plagued unit of the Baltimore Police Department. (Win McNamee/Pool Image via AP, File)
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October 23, 2019 - 4:48 pm
A former federal prosecutor who represented one of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's accusers has been picked to lead an independent review of a corruption-plagued unit of the Baltimore Police Department, the department's chief announced Wednesday. Michael Bromwich will have "full...
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Turkish soldiers, right, and Turkey-backed opposition fighters stand atop a building next to their flags in Syrian town of Ras al Ayn, northeastern Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Turkish media reports say Turkish troops and their allied Syrian opposition forces are securing a town in northeast Syria after Syrian Kurdish fighters pulled out of the area.(Ugur Can/DHA via AP)
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October 23, 2019 - 1:10 pm
AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told Kurdish fighters to pull back from the entire frontier or else face being "...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington. An appeal panel is poised to hear Trump's lawyers argue that New York state investigators should not be permitted to see his tax returns. The arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are set for Wednesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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October 23, 2019 - 12:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Three judges on a federal appeals panel appeared inclined Wednesday to reject arguments that President Donald Trump's tax returns can't be given to a state grand jury, with Trump's lawyers suggesting that local authorities should even let the president get away with shooting someone...
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People line up to vote in Botswana's general elections at the Masa primary school in Gaborone Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Polls opened in Botswana on Wednesday as the long-peaceful southern African nation faces what is expected to be its tightest election in history. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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October 23, 2019 - 11:55 am
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana faced its tightest election in history on Wednesday as the long-peaceful southern African nation wondered if the ruling party would be toppled for the first time since independence. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party and President Mokgweetsi Masisi have been...
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In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, speaks with Syrian troops during his visit to the strategic town of Habeet, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. On Tuesday, Assad called the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a "thief" during his first visit to territory captured from Turkey-backed rebels in the northwestern province of Idlib. (Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency via AP)
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October 22, 2019 - 8:54 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria following the Turkish invasion earlier this month into the country's north (all times local): 3:55 a.m. Wednesday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says that a five-day cease-fire in Syria has held and that negotiations continue for a permanent cease-...
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FILE - This Feb. 22, 2018, file photo shows a bridge that spans the Apalachee River at Moore's Ford Road where in 1946 two young black couples were stopped by a white mob who dragged them to the riverbank and shot them multiple times in Monroe, Ga. The lynching is prompting a U.S. court to consider whether federal judges can order grand jury records unsealed in old cases with historical significance. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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October 22, 2019 - 3:25 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A historian's effort to unseal grand jury records from the brazen 1946 lynching of two black couples on a Georgia riverbank prompted tough questions Tuesday in a federal appeals court, but the judges also suggested there might be another way to win release of the records. The young...
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October 22, 2019 - 1:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The city of New York and the state of California sued the U.S. Postal Service Tuesday to stop tens of thousands of cigarette packages from being mailed from foreign countries to U.S. residents, saying the smugglers are engaging in "cigarette tax evasion" while postal workers look...
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